Crusaders Strikers F.C.

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Crusaders Strikers Football Club is a women's association football club based in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. The club was founded in 1992 as Newtownabbey Strikers and became a member of the Northern Ireland Women's Football Association in 1994. In 2009, Newtownabbey Strikers amalgamated with Crusaders F.C. to become Crusaders Strikers. [1]

Crusaders Strikers
Nickname(s)Strikers / The Crues
GroundSeaview, Belfast
ChairmanStephen Calvert
ManagerSpike Hill
LeagueWomen's Premiership
WebsiteClub website

The team has won the Women's Premier League of Northern Ireland six times

First-team squadEdit

As of 9 May 2020.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   NIR Maddy Clifford
2 DF   NIR Chloe Archibald
3 DF   NIR Caitlyn Hamilton
4 DF   NIR Taylor Wright
5 MF   NIR Amy McGivern
6 MF   NIR Heather Mearns
7 MF   IRL Nadine Murphy
8 MF   NIR Danielle McDowell
9 FW   NIR Faith Johnston
10 MF   NIR Mairead McCann
11 FW   NIR Clare Carson
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 FW   NIR Morganne Beggs
14 MF   NIR Courtney Moore
15 DF   NIR Julie Nelson (captain)
16 DF   NIR Sasha Clare
18 DF   NIR Lisa Armour
22 FW   NIR Amanda Morton
23 FW   USA Meghan Ingram
25 MF   NIR Holly Otter
33 DF   NIR Beth Chalmers
37 GK   NIR Kirsty McCaughtry
46 FW   NIR Emily Wilson

European recordEdit

In UEFA competitions the strikers have achieved two draws so far against FC Clujana Cluj and Maccabi Holon. The club played in the 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying round hosting the mini-tournament[2] but lost all their games.

UEFA Women's Cup:

UEFA Women's Champions League:

Northern Ireland InternationalsEdit

  Northern Ireland internationals
  Northern Ireland U19 internationals
  • Beth Chalmers
  • Faith Johnston
  • Maddy Harvey-Clifford
  • Jessica Rea
  • Sasha Clare
  • Holly Otter
  • Rachel McLaren


Crusaders Strikers Football Development Centre/Girls AcademyEdit

Crusaders Strikers have the most established girl's Football Development Centre in Northern Ireland. Catering for girls aged 4-18 were the players can develop their football skills in a safe and inclusive environment.

The FDC aims to bring girls through the pathway to senior football, while also promoting lifetime participation.

The FDC has had a lot of success over the years, with a lot of the current first team being made up of academy graduates.

The FDC/academy philosophy is 'to develop good players and good people.'


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  3. ^ "Crues too good for Glens". 16 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Crusaders Strikers Win Coca Cola Women's Irish Cup". 21 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 30 September 2011.

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